ANSAM advises Rahul Gandhi not to indulge in hate campaign
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 04 2009: The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has advised the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC), Rahul Gandhi to consult his senior leaders before speaking about matters that concern Naga issues and not to indulge in hate campaign against certain communities.

In an open letter the president of ANSAM, Adani David Mao said that "the ANSAM feels competent to advise a young and upcoming leader like you in the Congress Party that, we are ready to sit down together to understand the core issues concerning socio economic and political pertaining to every ethnic communities in this region".

"We assume that you are ignorant about what is being said and what is being understood by senior leaders of your party in Delhi in relation to your unguarded utterances on the highly sensitive issue "Manipur territorial integrity will never be altered" at a rally in Lamka (Churachandpur) Manipur State, a home to multi ethnic communities on 2nd April 2009," Adani David Mao stated.

His open letter to Rahul Gandhi further stated, "We advise you to consult your senior leaders in this kind of sensitive issue before dwelling on it and not indulge in hate campaign against certain communities in negation of the historical aspiration of every ethnic community-Right to live as a People.

It is advisable not to try to hoodwink innocent people just for the heck of trying to garner some electoral votes during election time.

We also like to remind you that the culture of hero-worship prevalent in some parts of India does not exist in this part of the land.

Our politics is based on real issues and certain principles concerning our culture, identity and survival".

Adani David Mao further reminded Rahul Gandhi that his senior and responsible leader in the stature of Pranab Mukherjee's letter to MP (Lok Sabha) Mani Charenamei did mention about "call for re-examination" of the Common Minimum Programme of the Congress- led UPA coalition because "it does not stand the test of scrutiny in the light of the constitutional provisions under Article 3 & 4" .

The ANSAM also appreciated the endeavour of the successive Prime Ministers of India in trying to solve the Indo-Naga political conflict through peaceful and negotiated means.